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[20110126] NetBSD/cloud - running NetBSD on Amazon's EC2
Citing the EC2 website, ``Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

Amazon EC2's simple web service interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon's proven computing environment. Amazon EC2 reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as your computing requirements change. Amazon EC2 changes the economics of computing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use. Amazon EC2 provides developers the tools to build failure resilient applications and isolate themselves from common failure scenarios. ''

Internally, EC2 is based on Xen. And NetBSD also runs on Xen. So what's nearer than running NetBSD on EC2? Well, apparently it took some time and fiddling to get things together, but Alistair Crooks has posted a shell script on how to start working with NetBSD on Amazon's EC2 now. Note that pkgs for using EC2 are currently under development by Jean-Yves Migeon, and that there may be some manual fiddling required.

Updated documentation (wiki, anyone?) are appreciated - who's first to post a dmesg(8) output to port-xen? :)

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